October 23, 2014 – In the MailOnline. Editor’s note: Southwest Indiana is virtually inundated with toxic emissions from metals and plastics manufacturing and coal fired power plants. According to the USEPA’s Toxic Release Inventory, emissions from power plants alone exceed 40,000,000 pounds per year.
Pollution could be a factor in autism, researchers have found.
They say children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were more likely to have been exposed to higher levels of certain air toxics during their mothers’ pregnancies and the first two years of life compared.
The find could help explain the rise in cases.
Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were more likely to have been exposed to higher levels of polluted air during their mothers’ pregnancies and the first two years of life.
AUTISM: A GROWING PROBLEM
Autism spectrum disorders are a range of conditions characterized by social deficits and communication difficulties that typically become apparent early in childhood.
Reported cases of ASD have risen nearly eight-fold in the last two decades.
While previous studies have shown the increase to be partially due to changes in diagnostic practices and greater public awareness of autism, this does not fully explain the increased prevalence.
Both genetic and environmental factors are believed to be partially responsible.
The investigation of children in southwestern Pennsylvania will be presented today at the American Association for Aerosol Research annual meeting in Orlando.